Results Vary on EOC Exams

BLYTHEWOOD/FAIRFIELD (Nov. 20, 2015) – Scores from the 2014-2015 End of Course exams were up statewide, according to data released this month by the S.C. Department of Education, while locally numbers were mixed.

Average scores across the state in Algebra 1/Mathematics for the Technologies 2 (AMT) inched up to 82.6 from last year’s 82.1. In Biology 1/Applied Biology 2 (BAB), scores increased to 82.3 from last year’s 81.8. English 1 (E1) and U.S. History and the Constitution (HC) saw the biggest increases, with E1 average scores up to 79.4 from last year’s 78.4, while HC scores were up to 76.1 from 74.9 a year ago.

As a district, Fairfield County Schools experienced increases all but one subject. In AMT, average scores were up to 82.2 from 77.7 last year; in BAB, scores increased to 74.5 from last year’s 74.1; and E1 scores were up to 76 from 73.2 a year ago. HC scores fell to 67.5 from last year’s 69.

At Fairfield Central High School, AMT scores were up to 81.8 from 76.6 a year ago; BAB scores up to 74.5 from last year’s 74.1; and E1 scores rose to 74.6 from 71 a year ago. HC scores dropped a point and a half, from 69 to 67.5.

The percentage of students earning an A in AMT jumped to 15.1 percent over last year’s 2.7, while the percentage earning a B rose to 22.3 over last year’s 14.7. Scores of F fell from 17.9 percent last year to 11.2 percent.

In BAB, the percentage of students scoring an A fell to 12.2 from 13.2 a year ago, while scores of B rose to 15.6 percent from 8.3 percent last year. Scores of F fell slightly from 38.7 percent last year to 37.4.

In E1, scores of A rose to 5.6 percent from 1.1 percent a year ago, while scores of B were up to 14.5 percent over last year’s 6.1. Scores of F dropped from 39.4 percent last year to 37.4.

HC scores of A fell from 1.1 percent last year to 0 this year, while scores of B also fell from 7.9 percent to 6.2. Scores of F were up from 56.6 last year to 61.2 percent this year.

At Fairfield Middle School, AMT scores rose to 83.7 from 81.9 a year ago, while E1 scores fell to 82.1 from 83.4 last year.

The percentage of students earning an A in AMT rose from 10 percent last year to 14.3 percent this year, while scores of B were also up from 22 percent last year to 37.5 percent this year. Scores of F also ticked upward, from 4 percent last year to 7.1 percent.

In E1, scores of A were up from 10.3 percent last year to 15 percent this year, while scores of B fell from 43.6 percent a year ago to 22.5 percent. Scores of F increased dramatically, from 2.6 percent last year to 15 percent this year.

In Richland 2, average scores in AMT were up to 83.4 from 82.6 a year ago, while scores in BAB fell to 80.4 from last year’s 82.4. E1 scores remained flat at 78.2, while HC scores were up to 76 from 74.4 a year ago.

The percentage of students scoring A fell in AMT to 21 percent from 22.4 a year ago, while the percent scoring B rose to 23.9 from 17.5 percent. The percent scoring F fell to 9.4 from 11.1 percent last year.

In BAB, the percent of students scoring A dropped to 28.4 from 31 percent last year, while scores of B fell from 16.3 percent to 14.7 percent. The percentage of scores of F rose from 19.7 last year to 26.4 in 2014-2015.

In E1, the percentage of students scoring A rose to 17.2 from last year’s 14.9, while scores of B fell to 15.1 from 17.4. Scores of F were up to 28.4 percent over last year’s 24.3.

In HC, scores of A rose to 9.5 percent over last year’s 6.2, while scores of B rose to 13.5 percent from last year’s 12.5. Scores of F fell from 34.5 a year ago to 31.1.

Westwood High School experienced the most consistent improvement, with scores up across the board.

Average scores at WHS in AMT were up to 80.7 from 76.4 last year, while in BAB scores went up to 76.5 from 75.8 a year ago. E1 scores were up to 73.9 from last year’s 72.9, and in HC scores were up to 72.6 from 72.1.

The percentage of students scoring A in AMT rose to 13.5 from just 8.1 a year ago, while scores of B rose to 22.9 percent from 11.1 last year. Scores of F dropped to 14.3 percent from 22.1 a year ago.

In BAB, the percent of scores of A rose to 15.4 from 13.8 a year ago, while scores of B also rose to 15.4 from 13.5 last year. Scores of F were down to 32.6 percent over last year’s 32.2.

The percentage of scores of A rose to 9.2 in E1, up from 4.8 last year, although scores of B fell to 10 percent from 13.7 a year ago. Scores of F were up from 37.9 last year to 39.5 in 2014-2015.

The percentage of scores of A fell to 4 percent in HC this year from 4.7 last year, while scores of B rose to 9.2 percent from last year’s 6.3. The percent of scores of F fell to 38.8 from 40.9 a year ago.

Blythewood High School was a roller coaster ride, with average scores up in AMT to 81.3 from 79.9 a year ago, but down in BAB to 83.7 from 87.5 last year. Scores also fell in E1 to 81.9 from 82.8 last year, but rose in HC to 80.7 from 78.5 a year ago.

The percentage of students scoring A in AMT rose to 11.4 from 10.7 a year ago, while scores of B were up to 23.8 from 17.7 percent last year. Scores of F fell to 10 percent from last year’s 13.3.

In BAB, scores of A were down to 35.2 percent from last year’s 44.1, while scores of B fell to 16.2 from 17.2 percent a year ago. Scores of F nearly doubled, from 9.3 percent last year to 18 percent in 2014-2015.

In E1, the percentage of scores of A edged down to 22.1 from 22.8 percent, while scores of B fell to 20.3 from 23.7 percent. Scores of F were up to 17.6 from 10.1 percent.

The percentage of scores of A in HC were up to 17.3 from 10.3 percent, and scores of B rose to 18.3 from 17.5 percent. Scores of F dropped to 16.4 from 20.1 percent.

At Blythewood Middle School, average AMT scores fell to 92 from last year’s 96.3. No data was available for E1 scores. The percentage of students scoring A dropped to 50 from last year’s 79.6, while scores of B rose to 29.2 from 13.3 percent. No students scored an F.

Kelly Mill Middle School saw average AMT scores rise to 93.1 over last year’s 90.2, with no data available for E1. The percentage of students scoring A rose to 57 from last year’s 50.4 percent, while scores of B were up to 30.2 from 20.3 percent.

Muller Road Middle School also experienced an increase in average AMT scores, to 92.5 this year over last year’s 87.5, again with no data available for E1. The percentage of students scoring A jumped to 54.2 from last year’s 32.9, while scores of B fell to 27.8 from 31.6 percent a year ago. The percentage of students scoring F fell to zero from last year’s 2.6.